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Eurovision cheating scandal as claims of illegal betting involving Malta entry


Eurovision fans were shocked to hear about claims of a betting ­scandal involving Malta’s entry to the competition.

Allegations have surfaced which suggest that taxpayer money was used to try to manipulate betting odds in favour of Je Me Casse, which was performed by Destiny Chukunyere.

Minister Carmelo Abela has called for an audit of the spending after the board of Malta’s broadcaster PBS, which is responsible for the entry, raised fears of “financial mismanagement”, writes The Mirror.

Two sources said Malta splashed out 650,000 euros (£550,000) between the Malta Tourism Authority and PBS.

Sources said one PBS insider admitted that part of the budget was spent on financing foreign nationals placing bets on Destiny, the Times of Malta reported.

The Malta Tourism Authority spent 350,000 euros (£300,000) on promotions including through social media.

Destiny, 18, reached the final of ­Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 and she won Junior ­Eurovision in 2015.



Destiny Chukunyere sang for Malta

The singer ranked third favourite with ­bookmakers before heading into the final last Saturday night.

One Eurovision betting expert said: “It’s claimed Malta was ploughing money into Betfair to keep Destiny as favourite.“They know that creates positive PR and ensures viewers pay more attention.

“They really felt Destiny had winning potential and were desperate to come first because of the tourism boom it would bring to the country.”

Malta finished in 7th place with 255 points.



Eurovision - Italy
Italy won this year’s Eurovision

Earlier this week the frontman of winning Italian rockers Maneskin was cleared of taking drugs during the live final.

“They know that creates positive PR and ensures viewers pay more attention.

“They really felt Destiny had winning potential and were desperate to come first because of the tourism boom it would bring to the country.”

Malta finished in 7th place with 255 points.

Earlier this week the frontman of winning Italian rockers Maneskin was cleared of taking drugs during the live final.

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